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Dick Hemric

Nearly 45 years after graduating Ned Dickinson Hemric is still considered to be one of the all-time greatest basketball players, if not the greatest, to come out of Wake Forest University. Better known as Dick, he still holds six Deacon career records. Hemric scored 2,587 points from 1952 through '55 and averaged and unbelievable 17.3 rebounds over his 104-game career. His 1,359 career free throw attempts and 905 free throws made are NCAA records. In one 1954 game against Clemson, the 6-7 Hemric hauled down an amazing 36 missed shots. Needless to say, it still remains as the figure to surpass in the Deacon record book. The following season against Duke, the native of Jonesville, NC, made 20 of 26 free throws, both Wake Forest records. While on the way to earning All-America honors in 1953, Hemric led the Deacons to the Southern Conference basketball title before his school and six others broke away to form the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). In 1954 and '55, the first two years of the fledgling conference, Hemric was voted the ACC Player of the Year honors. These accomplishments resulted in his jersey number 24 being retired by the Winston Salem, NC school, one of nine players to earn that honor in the 93 years of Wake Forest basketball. Hemric's illustrious college career drew the attention of the Boston Celtics where he joined Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Sharman and Coach "Red" Auerbach on the 1956-57 NBA championship team. Following his pro career, Hemric, now retired and a North Canton resident, worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

Inducted 1999 | Basketball